Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own groups and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC & Tokyo), The Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy's Club @ Lincoln Center (NYC), Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Rochester Jazz Festival, Hoffest (Berlin), The 2005 World Expo (Japan), The Jazz Bakery (LA) and Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF Bay Area). As a composer, Smith was a finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition and won the 2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.
Smith is a recording artist for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records (BJUR) and released the album “Street Sense” in November 2013. The project features seven original compositions and marks Smith’s debut on BJUR. His music is tied together through beautiful melodies that have a repetitive and rhythmic nature. Smith’s talented quartet featuring: Dayna Stephens (sax) Sam Minaie (bass) and Ross Pederson (drums) bring the compositions to life through adventurous and interactive improvising. The music rooted in the foundation of jazz but explores a new and fresh identity through Smith's compositions.
In addition to leading his own group and working as a sideman, Smith is a founding member of the New West Guitar Group along with fellow guitarist John Storie (Los Angeles). NWGG has been performing internationally for 10 years and they are recognized as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the country.
In 2005, Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. In 2011 he completed his Masters in Music at New York University studying with the great John Scofield. Smith was named the “Outstanding Graduate” for 2011 in the NYU Jazz Department.
- “a bright light in music.” - Joe Diorio
- "Smith’s delicate finger-work is well displayed on the flowing “Street Sense” and the soft tones on “The Searcher.” - Jazz Weekly.com
- "A thoroughly impressive mix of jazz and rock to create a bona fide fusion of modern jazz guitar styles.” - Music Web Express